Depression

Definition of Depression:

A very common mental disorder with a wide variety of symptoms including sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of low self-esteem and hopelessness, poor appetite, lethargy and fatigue, poor concentration.  Chronic or recurring depression can impair a person's ability to function and may in severe cases lead to suicide.

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(Prescription) Drug Side-Effects

...our question about Frequency of bizarre/vivid dreams
“Certain medications can increase vivid dreaming, for example depression medication, sleep medication, and some over-the-counter drugs...”

Acupuncture

...as a treatment
“...Irregular periods; Infertility; Discomfort during pregnancy; PCOS; Menopausal symptoms; Endometriosis; Muscle pain and strain; Stress; Insomnia; Allergies; Sinusitis; Sinus infection; Anxiety; Depression; Fatigue; Arthritis; Weight loss; Smoking cessation; Back pain; Sciatica; Joint pain; Acute and Chronic pain; According The World Health Organization, there are more than 100 different...”
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Acute, Intermittent Porphyria

...the condition
“...Mental and neurological symptoms include irritability, confusion, delirium, psychosis, depression, hallucinations, seizures, altered consciousness, mood swings, and paralysis...”

Addictions / Addictive Tendencies

...the condition
“...S-Adenosylmethionine ( SAMe ) aids in stress reduction and depression...”
...recommendation TMG (Trimethylglycine)
“TMG or SAMe may be especially useful in treating depression associated with drug withdrawal...”

Addison's Disease

...the condition
“...There are often emotional changes, particularly moodiness, irritability and depression...”

Aerobic Exercise Need

...the condition
“...increased heart rate; weak physical strength; bone loss / reduced bone density (lack of weight-bearing exercise plays a role in osteoporosis); low self-esteem; depression; high cholesterol; increased risk of arthritis; Moving our bodies requires energy that comes from the food we eat...”

Alcohol Consumption

...as a treatment
“...Sensible drinking also appears to be beneficial in reducing or preventing diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, bone fractures and osteoporosis, kidney stones, digestive ailments, stress and depression, poor cognition and memory, Parkinson's disease, hepatitis A, pancreatic cancer, macular degeneration (a major cause of blindness), angina pectoris, duodenal ulcer, erectile dysfunction,...”

Allergic Tension Fatigue Syndrome

...the condition
“...Various degrees of depression may exist as well as muscle aching and soreness or drawing sensations in groups of muscles...”

Alzheimer's Disease

...recommendation Estrogen Replacement
“...Waking up every night with hot flashes is a surefire prescription for depression and increased risk of disease...”

Amino Acid Profile

...as a treatment
“...gastrointestinal insufficiencies, inflammatory responses, vitamin and mineral dysfunctions, detoxification impairments, cardiovascular disease, ammonia toxicity, food and chemical sensitivities, depression, neurological dysfunction and inborn errors of metabolism...”

Andropause/Male Menopause

...the condition
“...About 40% of men in their 40s, 50s and 60s experience some degree of lethargy, depression, increased irritability, mood swings, and difficulty in attaining and sustaining erections that characterize andropause...”
...recommendation Acetyl-L-Carnitine
“...journal Urology published the findings of Italian researchers that the amino acid carnitine was more active than testosterone in improving symptoms of aging in men, such as sexual dysfunction and depression, associated with the decline of androgenic hormones...”

Anesthesia

...related topic
“Loss of sensation caused by neurological dysfunction or a pharmacological depression of nerve function...”

Anesthetic

...related topic
“Agent causing loss of sensation by neurological dysfunction or a pharmacological depression of nerve function...”

Ankylosing Spondylitis

...recommendation Grain-free Diet
“...Movement became easier and the lethargy and depression lifted...”

Anorexia / Starvation Tendency

...recommendation St John's Wort
“Used for depression or anxiety that leads to fatigue and adrenal gland exhaustion...”

Antidepressants

...as a treatment
“If you are suffering from major depression, antidepressant medication may relieve some of your symptoms...”

Anxiety

...the condition
“...Anxiety disorders, like depression, may run in families and be linked to an imbalance in neurotransmitters...”
...relationship to Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Depression or anxiety may occur as a result of the chronic pain and fatigue, or the frustration felt with this condition...”
...recommendation Vitamin Niacinamide
“The textbook description of anxiety neurosis exactly matches the symptoms of vitamin B3 (niacin) deficiency: hyperactivity, depression, fatigue, apprehension, headache, and insomnia...”
...recommendation Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine)
“Low B12 levels have been found to be related to self-reported overall distress level and specifically to depression, anxiety, confusion, and possibly nervousness as well as to clinically rated depressed and anxious mood...”

Aspartame (Nutrasweet) Avoidance

...as a treatment
“...migraines and severe headaches (triggered or caused by chronic intake), memory loss (common toxicity effect), slurring of speech, confusion, numbness or tingling of extremities, chronic fatigue, depression, insomnia, irritability, panic attacks (common aspartame toxicity reaction), marked personality changes, phobias, rapid heart beat (tachycardia – another frequent reaction), asthma, chest...”

Atherosclerosis

...the condition
“...air pollution, stress, sleep deficiency, social isolation, high degrees of negative attitudes (such as hostility and cynical distrust), excessive experience of negative emotions (such as depression, anger, and anxiety), and high ratio of free radical markers to antioxidants...”
...our question about Your usual disposition - calm or hostile
“Negative attitudes such as anger, hostility, distrust, depression and anxiety are often contributing factors...”

Banana

...as a treatment
“...Depression: According to a survey carried out by the British mental health organization MIND, many people suffering from depression felt much better after eating a banana...”

Biofeedback

...as a treatment
“...Biofeedback may also be useful for the following health problems ... depression...”

Biotin

...as a treatment
“...BRAIN/NERVOUS SYSTEM: Cognitive skills impairment, Confusion, Depression, Hallucinations...”

Biotin Requirement

...the condition
“...Symptoms: Deficiency symptoms include anemia, chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, impairment of fat metabolism, irregular heartbeat, impaired cognitive skills, anorexia, baldness, alopecia, insomnia, depression, drowsiness, hallucinations, muscle pain, pallor, dandruff, dermatitis, psoriasis, seborrhea, eczema...”

Bipolar Disorder

...related topic
“A disorder is characterized by alternating periods of extreme moods, usually swinging from being overly elated or irritable (mania) to sad and hopeless (depression) and then back again, with periods of normal mood in between...”

Bipolar Disorder, Manic-Depressive

...the condition
“Manic-depressive illness, also called bipolar disorder, is a condition in which periods of depression alternate with periods of mania or lesser degrees of excitement...”
...our question about Mood swings
“Bipolar disorder is characterized by intense mood swings between mania and depression...”
...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“People with this condition generally require life-long treatment with lithium or other drugs to control manic episodes, sometimes with antidepressants to control the depression...”

Birth Control Pill Issues

...the condition
“...As several B-vitamins are affected negatively by birth control pill use, a B-complex supplement is suggested, especially vitamin B6 if depression is present...”

Borderline Personality Disorder

...the condition
“...Signs and Symptoms: There are many signs of BPD, including ... extreme reaction (panic, rage, depression, self-harm, etc...”

Brucellosis

...the condition
“...Headache and depression may occur in about half of all cases, as well as abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, and vomiting...”

Bruxism (Clenching/Grinding Teeth)

...the condition
“...Doctors commonly see patients with the following symptoms of bruxism ... Depression...”

Bulimic Tendency

...the condition
“...Bright lights reduced the incidence of binging with and without affecting depression, in separate studies...”

Caffeine/Coffee Avoidance

...as a treatment
“...Instructions: Quitting coffee "cold turkey" can cause mild to severe headaches as well as nausea, anxiety, fatigue and depression, lasting for several days...”

Chromium

...as a treatment
“...Chromium supplementation may be efficacious in the treatment of depression as seen in anecdotal reports of improved mood in clinical depressives receiving chromium picolinate...”

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

...related topic
“...Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), Chronic Epstein-Barr Virus (CEBV), Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), "Yuppy Flu" and other names, it is frequently misdiagnosed as hypochondria, psychosomatic illness, or depression, because routine medical tests do not detect any problems...”

Cocaine Addiction

...the condition
“...As the drug wears off, these temporary sensations of mastery are replaced by an intense depression, and the drug abuser will then "crash", becoming lethargic and typically sleeping for several days...”

Coconut

...as a treatment
“...in cookies, candies, baked goods, boxed to bake items, canned foods and most restaurant foods contribute to degenerative diseases including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, stroke, depression, hypoglycemia, thyroid disorders and cancer...”

Coffee

...as a treatment
“...Short-term alertness, focus, attention, and memory; Long-term cognitive decline; Stroke; Prostate cancer; Depression; Asthma: Caffeine is a chemical cousin to the asthma drug theophylline, and can help calm an asthma attack and stop coughing spasms...”

Constipation

...relationship to Stress
“...All took standard tests that measure psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression, self-image, social functioning and ability to form intimate relationships...”

Coronary Disease / Heart Attack

...our question about Your usual disposition - calm or hostile
“...The study adds to previous research showing a link to heart health and other emotions, such as depression and hostility...”

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

...the condition
“...People with the disease also may experience insomnia, depression, or unusual sensations...”

Deprenyl

...as a treatment
“...Side-Effects: Side-effects can include nausea, stomach ache, drowsiness and depression...”

Depression

...the condition
Depression is a serious yet common psychological condition that changes how you think and feel and also affects your social behavior and sense of physical well-being...”
...our question about Your muscle/body fat composition
“...Having a healthy body and looking attractive also helps prevent depression...”
...relationship to Estrogens Low
“...Low serotonin levels are associated with depression...”
...relationship to Low Serotonin Level
“...Low serotonin levels cause depression...”
...relationship to Manganese Requirement
“Low blood manganese levels may accentuate depression...”
...relationship to Hypothyroidism
Depression is a common symptom of hypothyroidism...”
...relationship to Hypoglycemia
“Endogenous depression – depression originating from within as opposed to being due to external factors – is a known symptom...”
...relationship to Folic Acid Deficiency
“There is substantial scientific evidence linking folic acid deficiency to depression...”
...relationship to Atherosclerosis
Depression is emerging as a risk factor for heart disease...”
...relationship to EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 3 Requirement
“Polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid deficiency may contribute to depressive symptoms in alcoholism, multiple sclerosis, postpartum depression and bipolar depression...”
...relationship to Allergic Tension Fatigue Syndrome
“Various degrees of depression may exist in cases of Allergic Tension Fatigue Syndrome...”
...relationship to Parkinson's Disease
Depression is a common feature amongst Parkinson's disease victims...”
...relationship to Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome
“70% to 100% (different studies show various numbers) of fibromyalgia patients are found to have depression, though many consider that this is more likely to be a result of the muscular pain rather than part of the cause...”
...relationship to Coronary Disease / Heart Attack
“While previous research has shown that depression in men and women is linked to heart disease, a recent study found that only men who are depressed face an increased risk of heart disease-related death...”
...relationship to Vitamin B1 Requirement
“See the link between Depression and B-complex Need...”
...relationship to IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
“October, 2013: Researchers from the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre at University College Cork reported that psychological factors such as anxiety and depression may be the central drivers of IBS, rather than the inflammation originating in the gut itself...”
...relationship to Low Male Testosterone Level
Depression can be caused by low levels of certain hormones, including testosterone...”
...relationship to Vitamin B-Complex Requirement
“If you have very low levels of any of the B-vitamins, one of the first symptoms is depression...”
...relationship to Vitamin B6 Requirement
“...It has been found to be quite low in patients admitted to hospital for depression...”
...relationship to Vitamin B2 Requirement
“See the link between Depression and B-complex Need...”
...relationship to Vitamin B12 Requirement
“Studies show that one out of four people hospitalized for depression is deficient in pyridoxine and cobalamin...”
...recommendation Vitamin B-Complex
“...Although B-complex vitamins are not a stand-alone treatment for depression, they're an important adjunct...”
...recommendation L-Tyrosine
“Particular precursors such as tyrosine, which increases dopamine and noradrenaline, show beneficial results in the treatment of mild depression...”
...recommendation Tryptophan / 5HTP
“Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is frequently imbalanced in cases of depression...”
...recommendation TMG (Trimethylglycine)
“The compound 5-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), potentially produced through the demethylation of TMG, has been shown to alleviate depression...”
...recommendation Amino Acid Profile
“Amino acid profiles done on blood can reveal imbalances seen in a variety of disorders including depression...”
...recommendation Counseling
“During milder episodes of depression, it is good to reach out to others – talk to someone you trust...”
...recommendation Aspartame (Nutrasweet) Avoidance
“..." There are numerous reported cases of low brain serotonin levels, depression and other emotional disorders that have been linked to aspartame and often are relieved by stopping the intake of aspartame...”
...recommendation Calming / Stretching Exercises
“A few studies have looked at the effects of yoga breathing exercises – practiced daily for several weeks – on depression...”
...recommendation St John's Wort
“...John's Wort has been shown to have a 60% to 70% response rate in adult patients with mild-to-moderate depression...”
...recommendation against Melatonin
“On the basis of theoretical ideas about how melatonin works, some authorities specifically recommend against using it for depression, schizophrenia, autoimmune diseases and other serious illnesses, and in pregnant or nursing women...”
...recommendation Magnesium
“Because of its nerve and muscle support, magnesium may also be helpful for depression...”
...recommendation L-Phenylalanine
“Phenylalanine can affect depression via three separate pathways...”
...recommendation Aerobic Exercise
“...114-117] Previous studies have suggested that exercise is a potent mood-booster, and some research indicates that for some patients regular activity may be a better depression treatment than psychotherapy or medication...”
...recommendation DHEA
“...In one study, six middle-aged and elderly patients with major depression and low plasma DHEA or DHEA-S levels were openly administered DHEA (30-90mg per day for 4 weeks) in doses sufficient to achieve circulating plasma levels observed in younger healthy...”
...recommendation DMAE
“DMAE reduces apathy and increases motivation in persons afflicted with depression...”
...recommendation EPA (eicosapentanoic acid)
“...of evidence that indicates that fish oils, in particular those with high EPA to DHA ratios, have a major role to play in helping people maintain good mental health and to avoid mood swings and mild depression...”

DHEA

...as a treatment
“...substance, there are some excellent articles in the prevention of cancer, arteriosclerosis, autoimmune diseases such as lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, hypercholesterolemia, depression and osteoporosis...”

Diabetes Mellitus

...related topic
“...Other symptoms include bleeding gums; ear noise/buzzing; diarrhea; depression; confusion...”

Dizziness

...the condition
“...Somatization – The conversion of a mental illness, such as anxiety or depression, into physical symptoms...”

DMAE

...as a treatment
“...Decreases the incidence and severity of hangovers in people who consume excessive amounts of alcohol (subjects reported freedom from the depression or headaches associated with hangovers)...”

Dysthymia

...related topic
“A milder but chronic form of depression...”

Elevated Homocysteine Levels

...relationship to Depression
“Nutrients which lower elevated homocysteine levels, including the B-vitamins, are related to depression in several ways [Am J Psy 1997;154: pp...”

Environmental Illness / MCS

...the condition
“...oriented allergists, psychiatrists and occupational health clinicians suspect that the majority of "MCS" (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) patients suffer from psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety reactions and somatization (bodily reactions to stress)...”

Erectile Dysfunction (ED, Impotence)

...the condition
“...Psychological causes These can include abnormal fears of the vagina, sexual guilt, fear of intimacy, or depression...”

Esophageal Cancer

...the condition
“...Because the cause of chronic pain often cannot be altered, your nervous system will adapt, which may cause depression, anxiety and/or insomnia...”

Estrogen Replacement

...as a treatment
“...Symptoms vary from only the cessation periods to a multitude of annoying symptoms such as sweating, hot flashes, fatigue, vaginal drying, pain with intercourse, low sex drive and depression...”

European Skullcap

...as a treatment
“...Skullcap is a wonderful remedy for all states of nervous tension, for headaches, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, hysteria, neurasthenia, exhaustion and depression...”

Excess Salt Consumption

...the condition
“...Low potassium can cause muscle weakness and irritability, constipation, depression and heart problems and is potentially dangerous...”

Excess Sugar Consumption

...the condition
“...undergoes a sugar overload, a number of symptoms can manifest themselves, including: Anxiety; Congestion; Frequent colds; Migraines; Asthma; Constipation; Headaches; Sinus congestion; Backaches; Depression; Hypoglycemia; Skin itch; Bladder/bowel dysfunction; Diarrhea; Hypothyroidism; Sleepiness; Bloating; Dizziness; Immune system dysfunction; Tension; Blurred vision; Earaches; Indigestion;...”

Excessive Fatigue

...the condition
“...Examples of 'obvious' causes include lack of exercise, lack of sleep, jet lag, drug side-effects, or depression...”
...relationship to HIV/AIDS
“...The fatigue may be due to anemia, depression, the HIV virus, secondary infections, hormone deficiency (testosterone, adrenal exhaustion), malnutrition, poor sleep quality or quantity, inactivity, or drug side-effects...”
...relationship to Depression
Depression robs the brain of some of the chemicals needed for optimal function...”

Excessive Yawning

...the condition
“...Excessive yawning is also associated with opiate withdrawal and the consumption of a variety of drugs that affect neurotransmitters, such as drugs prescribed for Parkinson's disease or depression...”

Exhaustion Caused By Emotional Upsets

...the condition
“...It affects many people, especially women, making them susceptible to panic attacks, nervous breakdowns, depression and, in some cases, suicide...”

Fish Oils

...as a treatment
“...Interesting, but highly preliminary, evidence suggests that fish oil, or its constituents, might be helpful for treating depression, preventing premature birth, improving vision in premature babies, treating kidney stones, alleviating the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, and reducing the risk of prostate cancer...”

Folic Acid Deficiency

...the condition
“...Folic acid deficiency is more common in people with depression or other psychological symptoms in mental institutions...”

Germanium

...as a treatment
“...You must also make note of any diseases or ailments you might be suffering from such as high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, depression, kidney problem, gastro intestinal disease, high cholesterol levels etc...”

Glutamine

...as a treatment
“...Glutamine has also been tried, with mixed results, for treating insomnia, depression and anxiety...”
...related topic
“...Glutamine has been used therapeutically for alcoholism, mild depression and to reduce the craving for sweets...”

Gluten Sensitivity / Celiac Disease

...the condition
“...For example, one person might have diarrhea and abdominal pain, while another person has irritability or depression...”

Gulf War Illness

...the condition
“...myalgia, impairments in short-term memory, headaches, skin rashes, intermittent diarrhea, abdominal bloating, chronic bronchitis, photophobia, confusion, transient visual scotomata, irritability and depression and other signs and symptoms that until recently have defied appropriate diagnoses...”

Headaches

...the condition
“...as being chronic tension type headache, your doctor may prescribe tricyclic antidepressants which have been shown to be useful in this condition and which may also be useful for any associated depression...”

Hearing Loss

...relationship to Sarcoidosis
“Nervous system effects, including hearing loss, meningitis, seizures or psychiatric disorders (for example, dementia, depression, psychosis) are possible signs of sarcoidosis...”

Heavy Metal Toxicity

...the condition
“...anemia, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, weight loss, peripheral neuropathy, cognitive dysfunction, arthralgias, headache, weakness, convulsions, irritability, impotence, loss of libido, depression, depression of thyroid and adrenal function, chronic renal failure, gout...”

Histadelia (Histamine High)

...the condition
“...Signs and Symptoms: Symptoms include hyperactivity, compulsions, obsessions, inner tensions, blank mind episodes, phobias, chronic depression, and strong suicidal tendencies...”
...recommendation against Folic Acid
“...Folic acid increases depression in histadelic patients and a trial of folic acid could be used to distinguish between histapenics and histadelics...”

Histapenia (Histamine Low)

...the condition
“...Signs and Symptoms: Behavioral symptoms in high-copper histapenia include paranoia and hallucinations in younger patients, but depression may predominate in older patients...”

HIV/AIDS

...recommendation Test for Hormones
“Several studies have shown that testosterone levels are generally lower and that testosterone administration alleviates fatigue and depression in men with HIV/AIDS...”

Hot Drinks

...as a treatment
“...Suffer from anxiety or depression...”

Hydrotherapy

...as a treatment
“...Constitutional Hydrotherapy is recommended for ... Depression...”

Hyperparathyroidism

...our question about Becoming tired easily
“When symptoms do appear, they are often mild and nonspecific, such as a feeling of weakness and fatigue, depression, or aches and pains...”

Hypersomnolence

...the condition
“...Severe depression and drugs causing sleepiness should also be excluded...”
...relationship to Magnesium Toxicity
“The symptoms of magnesium toxicity include central nervous system depression, muscle weakness, fatigue and sleepiness...”
...relationship to Depression
Depression and hypersomnolence are often seen together...”

Hypoglycemia

...the condition
“...outbursts, faintness, headaches, passing out, delirium, coma, hallucinations, excess sweating, the appearance of intoxication, marked personality changes, irritability, negativism, mood swings, depression, crying spells, and a panorama of similar mental symptoms...”

Hypogonadism, Male

...the condition
“...or pituitary-hypothalamic injury from tumors, trauma, or radiation; characterized by low serum testosterone levels, but with gonadotropins in the normal or low range; Signs and Symptoms ... Mood depression...”

Hypokalemia

...the condition
“...Signs and Symptoms: Hypokalemia may be manifested clinically by neuromuscular disorders ranging from weakness to paralysis, by electrocardiographic abnormalities (depression of the T wave and elevation of the U wave as seen on an electrocardiogram), by renal disease, and by gastrointestinal disorders...”

Hypopituitarism

...the condition
“...With gradual onset of deficiency over days or weeks, symptoms are often vague and may include weight loss, fatigue, weakness, depression, apathy, nausea, vomiting, anorexia and hyperpigmentation...”

Hypotension (Low Blood Pressure)

...the condition
“...In other parts of the world, however, hypotension is itself considered to be a disorder that can cause various symptoms, including depression, lethargy and fatigue...”

Hypothyroidism

...the condition
“...Chronic low body temperature is related to many syndromes and symptoms, including: allergies, apathy, chronic fatigue, "brain fog", "personal failure", depression, dizziness, hypoglycemia, lethargy, passive/aggressive syndromes, skin and joint conditions, sleep disorders, sexual dysfunction, past sexual abuse, yeast problems, porphyria, and many...”

Increased Calorie Consumption

...as a treatment
“...Medical problems such as depression, hypochlorhydria and achlorhydria, bulimia or anorexia must be addressed and treatment underway before weight gain will occur...”

Inositol

...as a treatment
“...Serotonin and acetylcholine, two neurotransmitters, both depend upon inositol, and supplementation can therefore assist in the reduction of depression and panic attacks...”

Insomnia

...the condition
“...insomnia (often a symptom of underlying depression)...”
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Intoxication Susceptibility

...the condition
“...Alcohol also acts on the serotonin system, which (like Prozac) increases self-confidence and reduces depression...”

IP6 - Inositol Hexaphosphate

...as a treatment
“...In preliminary studies, IP6 prevents depression and may work adjunctively in schizophrenia...”

Kava

...as a treatment
“...GABA is believed to play a role in anxiety that is somewhat similar to serotonin's role in depression, although there are many gaps in our knowledge...”

Kelp

...as a treatment
“...Depression: Kelp is a complete natural vitamin and mineral supplement and improves energy in conditions of underactive thyroid...”

Lactose Intolerance

...the condition
“...cow's milk, has been linked to a variety of health problems, including: mucous production, hemoglobin loss, childhood diabetes, heart disease, atherosclerosis, arthritis, kidney stones, mood swings, depression, irritability, allergies...”

Lady's Slipper

...as a treatment
“...Why it is Recommended: Lady's slipper has been prescribed by herbalists in combination with other botanicals for insomnia, nervous irritability, menstrual irregularities, mental depression and childhood excitability...”

Lavender Oil

...as a treatment
“...Other unproven uses of lavender oil include: Insomnia, depression, menstrual pain, migraine headaches, nausea, vomiting, colic, constipation, toothache, ear infections, acne, eczema, hypertension, head lice, loss of appetite...”

Lecithin / Choline

...as a treatment
“...Choline is also a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, and is often added to products designed to improve memory or depression...”

Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement

...the condition
“...Among the other symptoms, people with a sluggish liver may complain of depression, general malaise, headaches, digestive disturbances, allergies and chemical sensitivities, premenstrual syndrome, and constipation...”

Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency

...our question about Prednisone use
“Long-term use of prednisone can lead to adrenal suppression, possibly resulting in depression, euphoria, hypertension, nausea, anorexia, high blood sugar levels, or increased susceptibility to infection...”

Low Male Testosterone Level

...the condition
“...Symptoms include ... Depression...”

Low Pregnenolone Level

...the condition
“...Pregnenolone may be a significant contributing factor in depression...”

Low Self-Esteem

...recommendation Mental Exercises
“...It may try and use deep emotions in its counter-attacks such as depression, despair of ever being good enough or worthlessness...”

Low Serotonin Level

...the condition
“When serotonin levels are low, many psychological problems can develop including serious depression...”

Low Sex Drive

...relationship to Depression
“Mental states such as depression and strong emotions such as anger can effectively cool sexual desire...”

Low Total Cholesterol

...the condition
“...Low cholesterol levels have been associated with depression, anxiety, violent behavior, suicide and hemorrhagic stroke...”

Low White Blood Cell Count

...the condition
“...An unusually high white blood cell count can indicate an infection, hypersplenism, bone marrow depression (drugs, radiation or heavy metal poisoning) or primary bone marrow disorders such as leukemia...”

Maca

...as a treatment
“...It alleviates cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression...”

Magnesium Requirement

...the condition
“...Signs and Symptoms: Signs of magnesium deficiency include confusion, disorientation, loss of appetite, depression, muscle contractions and cramps, tingling, numbness, abnormal heart rhythms, coronary spasm, and seizures...”

Malaise

...related topic
“...A general sense of depression or unease...”

Manganese

...as a treatment
“...Manganese helps the body absorb vitamin B1 (thiamin) and vitamin E, and works with all B-complex vitamins to combat depression, anxiety, and other nervous disorders...”

Marapuama

...as a treatment
“...It is also being increasingly used to treat menstrual cramps, PMS, depression, dysentery, and central nervous system disorders...”

Marijuana

...as a treatment
“...887-93] Marijuana smoking was, however, associated with an increased risk of depression in a study of 1,920 people with no symptoms of depression at the onset of the study who were reassessed approximately 15 years after baseline data was collected...”

Massage

...as a treatment
“...Pregnancy massage is used to reduce stress and swelling, relieve aches and pains, and decrease anxiety and depression...”

Mastocytosis

...the condition
“...Depression and other neurological symptoms may be present with mastocytosis, and some antidepressants such as doxepin are themselves potent antihistamines which can help relieve physical as well as...”

Megaloblastic Anemia / Pernicious Anemia

...the condition
“...Weight loss and lack of appetite (anorexia) may also occur, as well as jaundice, confusion and depression...”

Melatonin

...as a treatment
“...When depression is also present, 5-HTP, St...”

Meyer's Cocktail

...as a treatment
“...Why it is Recommended: The "cocktail" is indicated for chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, muscle spasm, asthma, hives, allergic rhinitis, congestive heart failure, angina, ischemic vascular disease, acute infections, and senile dementia...”

Motherhood Issues

...recommendation against Melatonin
“On the basis of theoretical ideas about how melatonin works, some authorities specifically recommend against using it for depression, schizophrenia, autoimmune diseases and other serious illnesses, and in pregnant or nursing women...”

NADH

...as a treatment
“...Its fans claim that it alleviates fatigue, fights jet lag, enhances mental clarity, and lifts depression...”

Natural Progesterone

...as a treatment
“...A partial list includes headaches, depression, fluid retention, increased risk of birth defects and early abortion, liver dysfunction, breast tenderness, breakthrough bleeding, acne, hirsutism (hair growth), insomnia, edema, weight...”

Negative Ion Generator

...as a treatment
“...Negative Ions can elevate mood, increase mental alertness and vitality, reduce anxiety and depression...”

Nervous Breakdown

...related topic
“An unofficial term describing the point at which a person is suddenly unable to perform normal functions due to extreme anxiety or depression...”

Nervous Breakdown Tendency

...the condition
“...Some conditions called "nervous breakdowns" are really episodes of major depression or a psychotic disorder of some type...”
...relationship to Depression
“There is always a trigger for a nervous breakdown, but underlying contributing factors such as depression are normally present...”

Neurasthenia

...related topic
“Ill-defined condition, accompanying or following depression, characterized by vague fatigue believed to be brought about by psychological factors...”

Neurostructural Therapy

...as a treatment
“...The following symptoms often benefit or even disappear in response to an NST session ... emotional depression...”

Night Eating Syndrome

...the condition
“...in patients with chronic eating and mood disorders can be crucial for uncovering fundamental causes and contributing factors that underlie cyclical, habitual patterns of insomnia, overeating, and depression...”

Night Sweats

...relationship to Rheumatoid Arthritis
“Night sweats, depression and lethargy can accompany this disease...”

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

...relationship to Depression
Depression is a common complication of OCD: "up to 80% of people diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder also suffer from depression" [Barlow, 1988]...”

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

...the condition
“...Signs and Symptoms: The common symptoms are ... Depression...”

Oxitriptan

...as a treatment
“...Oxitriptan's anti-aging benefits may include the prevention and treatment of depression, maintenance of serotonin levels as the body ages, prevention and treatment of compulsive disorders like overeating, improved daytime alertness and treatment of insomnia...”

Painful Menstruation (Dysmenorrhea)

...recommendation Magnesium
“Menstrual cramps, irritability, fatigue, depression, and water retention have been lessened with magnesium, usually given along with calcium and often with vitamin B6...”

Perimenopausal Issues

...the condition
“...If her estrogen is too low, she may be subject to depression...”

Phosphytidalserine

...as a treatment
“...The benefits of phosphatidylserine supplementation on the improvement of mood, memory, behavior, and depression have been demonstrated in numerous well-designed studies on both animals and human subjects...”

Pituitary Tumor

...the condition
“...can produce a number of symptoms, including Cushing's syndrome, which is characterized by a round face (known as moon-face), weight gain, increased facial hair in women, and mental changes such as depression...”

Polymyalgia Rheumatica

...the condition
“...Fatigue, depression, weight loss, and fever may also occur...”

Poor Memory

...the condition
“...Conversely, if the mind is dull from depression or boredom, short-term memory becomes rusty from lack of use...”
...recommendation DHEA
“In a study of six middle-aged and elderly patients with major depression and low plasma DHEA levels, memory performance and depression improved significantly when DHEA was supplemented sufficiently to raise their plasma DHEA to levels found in healthy younger...”

Poor Sense of Humor

...the condition
“...Thanks to new imaging techniques (MRI), researchers are now learning more about how the brain processes humor and may one day be able to help people who have lost their sense of humor due to depression or other psychological disorders...”
...relationship to Depression
“Loss of one's appreciation of the rewarding aspects of humor is a frequent and fairly specific symptom of depression...”

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

...the condition
“...didn't); Emotions Numb/Emotionally shut down; Shocked; Anxious; Agitated; Panicked or fearful (specific or general); Overwhelmed; Anger (at self, others, God); Mood swings; Troubling dreams; Sad; Depression; Helpless or inadequate feelings; Sense of guilt; Loss of sense of humor; Less able to cope with new or continued emotional stress; Relationships Irritability; Easily frustrated;...”

Postpartum Depression

...related topic
“...Postpartum depression is a less common but severe depression that begins in the weeks following delivery...”

Pregnancy-Related Issues

...recommendation against Melatonin
“On the basis of theoretical ideas about how melatonin works, some authorities specifically recommend against using it for depression, schizophrenia, autoimmune diseases and other serious illnesses, and in pregnant or nursing women...”
...recommendation Folic Acid
“...Case Report: After giving birth, a woman developed severe depression, confusion, disorientation and hallucinations...”
...recommendation GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate)
“...decreased anxiety, greater intensity and frequency of uterine contractions, increased sensitivity to oxytocic drugs (used to induce contractions), preservation of reflexes, a lack of respiratory depression in the fetus, and protection against fetal cardiac anoxia (especially in cases where the umbilical cord wraps around the fetus' neck) [Vickers, 1969; Laborit, 1964]...”

Pregnenolone

...as a treatment
“...The body's own production of pregnenolone is reduced with aging, stress, depression, hypothyroidism and toxin exposure...”

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

...related topic
“Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a condition in which a woman suffers severe depression, irritability, and tension before menstruation...”

Premenstrual Syndrome

...related topic
“...about midcycle, are generally the most intense during the last seven days before menstruation and include: anger; acne; backache; bloating; fatigue; headache; sore breasts; changes in sexual desire; depression; difficulty concentrating; difficulty handling stress; irritability; tearfulness...”
...relationship to Low Melatonin Level
“...Abnormal biological rhythms and sleep-wake cycle disturbances are often a primary feature of periodic depression, another common characteristic of PMS...”
...recommendation Vitex / Chasteberry
“Clinical studies using vitex extract show a reduction in headaches, breast tenderness, bloating, fatigue, cravings for sweets, and also feelings of anxiety, irritability, depression and mood swings, after only one month...”
...recommendation Magnesium
“Menstrual cramps, irritability, fatigue, depression and water retention have been lessened by taking supplemental magnesium, usually given along with calcium and often with vitamin B6...”
...recommendation Vitamin E
“...Nervous tension, headache, fatigue, depression, and insomnia were all significantly reduced...”

Premenstrual Syndrome PMS A (Anxiety)

...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“...Symptoms amongst these women included depression, irritability, tiredness, headache, breast tenderness and swollen abdomen/hands...”

Premenstrual Syndrome PMS D (Depression)

...the condition
“...Its key symptom is depression...”
...our question about Depression before or during periods
“PMS type D is characterized chiefly by depression...”
...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“...Symptoms amongst these women included depression, irritability, tiredness, headache, breast tenderness and swollen abdomen/hands...”
...recommendation Magnesium
“...Menstrual cramps, irritability, fatigue, depression and water retention have been lessened with magnesium, usually given along with calcium and often with vitamin B6...”

Problems Associated With Lack Of Exercise

...recommendation Aerobic Exercise
“Even moderate exercise such as a brisk walk for 30 minutes most days helps control weight, cuts stress, anxiety and depression...”

Problems Caused By Being Overweight

...the condition
“...a change in life-style, more energy intake than energy expenditure (taking into account resting metabolic expenditure), environmental factors, salt/potassium retention, hidden food allergies, major depression/anxiety/other psychological, medical illness, medications, during and after pregnancy, cultural (perceptions on obesity), and socioeconomic factors...”

Problems Caused By Being Underweight

...relationship to Depression
“A major psychological cause of being underweight is depression...”

Psychoanaleptic

...related topic
“Psychoanaleptic drugs: Central nervous system stimulants that reverse depression...”

Psychosis

...the condition
“...Types of psychosis include ... Psychotic depression...”

Pyroluria

...the condition
“...Although children tend to be more easily diagnosed than adults, the symptoms are consistent: poor tolerance of physical and emotional stress, mood swings, depression, noise and other tactile sensitivities...”

Rhodiola rosea (Roseroot)

...as a treatment
“...Rhodiola rosea is very effective for improving mood and alleviating depression...”

Risk Of Premature Death

...the condition
“...Lonely people are less able to deal with stress or have a positive outlook on life; they also tend to have higher blood pressure and cortisol levels (related to depression), and more disrupted sleep...”

S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe)

...as a treatment
“...Although it's used for liver disease in Russia, arthritis in Germany and depression in Italy, it is used for Neurosomatic Syndrome in the US...”

Schisandra Berry

...as a treatment
“...Chinese practitioners have used schisandra in the treatment of depression, irritability, and forgetfulness...”

Schizophrenia

...the condition
“...Research has shown that high levels of a prostaglandin called E2 coupled with low levels of one called E1 have been seen as a major cause of certain forms of depression...”
...relationship to Wilson's Disease
“A wide array of symptoms occur, fitting a number of psychiatric diagnoses, including "major depression," "schizophrenia," and "hysteria...”
...relationship to Allergy to Foods (Hidden)
“...In the case of cerebral (brain) allergies – in which the allergies affect the nervous system – reactions include brain inflammation, irritability, fear, depression, aggression, extreme mood swings in a single day, hyperactivity, and psychosis...”
...relationship to Yeast / Candida Infection
“...Mental symptoms have included fatigue, inability to concentrate, depression, mood swings, anxiety, hyperactivity, delusions, "manic depression," psychosis, and suicidal or violent tendencies...”
...relationship to Hypoglycemia
“Numerous patients given psychiatric diagnoses have actually turned out to have hypoglycemia, including those classified with depression, manic-depressive disorder, and schizophrenia...”
...relationship to Seizure Disorder
“...People with psychomotor epilepsy have been given schizophrenia, manic depressive, depression, attention-deficit disorder, and other diagnoses...”
...relationship to STD Syphilis
“...can include convulsions, irritability, difficulty in concentrating, deterioration of memory, defective judgment, headaches, insomnia, fatigue, lethargy, deteriorated hygiene emotional instability, depression, and delusions of grandeur with lack of insight...”
...recommendation Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
“Since pellagra can mimic the symptoms of schizophrenia, the use of niacin to treat schizophrenia and depression is controversial...”

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

...the condition
“...Although recurrent spring-summer depressions have been documented and may be classified as SAD, the most common form of the disorder involves onset of depression in the late fall or early winter with remission in the spring or summer...”

Seizure Disorder

...the condition
“...The pre-seizure stage can last for hours or up to seven days with symptoms of moodiness, depression, anxiety or constant low-level anger, irritation, or annoyance, accompanied by general unhappiness and constant arguments...”

Selegiline

...as a treatment
“...Selegiline has also been used to treat depression...”

Senile Dementia

...the condition
“...Treatment and Prevention: Senile dementia that is caused by depression, poor nutrition, thyroid dysfunction, drug poisoning, alcoholism, and so on, can often be corrected by treating the underlying problem...”

Siberian Ginseng

...as a treatment
“...Siberian Ginseng also boosts overall immune function and may play a role in the treatment of hypertension, blood sugar irregularities and depression...”

St John's Wort

...as a treatment
“...John's Wort is used for depression or anxiety that leads to fatigue and adrenal gland exhaustion...”

Stiff Man Syndrome

...the condition
“...Not surprisingly, depression has been noted as a comorbidity at this stage...”

Stress

...relationship to Weakened Immune System
“Studies show that stress and depression affect the body physically and can weaken the immune system...”
...recommendation Calming / Stretching Exercises
“...say they experience a "freeing of the mind from mental disturbances", a "calming of the spirit", or a "steadying of the mind" with associated reduction of nervousness, irritability and confusion, depression and mental fatigue...”

Susceptibility To Hangovers

...recommendation DMAE
“...Subjects in one study reported freedom from the depression or headaches associated with hangovers...”

Susceptibility To Miscarriages

...the condition
“...Depression and guilt are common feelings that may follow a miscarriage; there are times when counseling is appropriate...”
...recommendation Counseling
Depression and guilt are often the result of a miscarriage and counseling can help...”

Tendency Toward Postpartum Depression

...the condition
“...Postpartum depression lasts longer, is more intense, and often requires counseling and treatment...”
...recommendation against Melatonin
“On the basis of theoretical ideas about how melatonin works, some authorities specifically recommend against using it for depression, schizophrenia, autoimmune diseases and other serious illnesses, and in pregnant or nursing women...”
...recommendation DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
“...The difference was significant compared to those without depression...”
...recommendation Tryptophan / 5HTP
Depression associated with menstrual cycles and postpartum depression sometimes respond very well to tryptophan supplementation...”

Test for Urine Kryptopyrroles

...as a treatment
“...the following percentages were determined for frequency of elevated pyrrole in a range of test subjects: Autism – 50% [Audha] Alcoholism – 40% [Mathews-Larson] ADHD – 30% [Walsh] Schizophrenia & Depression – 70% [Hoffer] Pyroluria is a feature of many behavioral and emotional disorders...”

Test Serotonin Levels

...as a treatment
“...It is also present in unaffected first and second-degree relatives [Abramson, 1989, Cook, 1992, Kuperman, 1985, Perry, 1991] In the general population, patients with Depression have been found to have significantly lower blood serotonin (5HT) levels [Banki, 1978, Aberg-Wistedt...”

Thuja

...as a treatment
“...Some practitioners of Homeopathy recommend use of very dilute thuja, in pill or liquid form, for treating irritability, depression, sadness, impaired thinking, headache, warts, growths, rashes, runny nose, sores in the nose, mouth pain, toothache, gas, hemorrhoids, watery stool, enlarged prostate, gonorrhea, back pain,...”

Tinnitus

...relationship to Depression
“...Treating the depression may make the tinnitus seem less severe...”

Trichotillomania

...the condition
“...In addition, relatives of people with trichotillomania may have a higher prevalence of other psychiatric disorders, particularly depression and obsessive compulsive disorder, than the population at large...”

Tryptophan / 5HTP

...as a treatment
“...It is used by the brain to produce serotonin; it is a natural relaxer, helps alleviate insomnia, reduces anxiety and depression and helps treat migraine headaches...”

Tryptophan Need

...the condition
“...Complications: A deficiency of tryptophan may lead to depression, insomnia, schizophrenia, and carbohydrate craving...”

Tyrosine

...related topic
“...May be useful for depression, allergies and addictive states...”

Underconsumption

...the condition
“...Severe depression can also affect the appetite, resulting in underconsumption and weight loss...”

Unresolved Chronic Pain

...the condition
“...This may force life style changes that were previously enjoyed, and causing one to easily fall into depression...”

Uremia

...the condition
“...Signs and Symptoms: Some of the early signs include lethargy, mental depression, loss of appetite, and edema; later symptoms include diarrhea, anemia, convulsions, coma, and a gray-brown coloration...”

Urinary Stress/Urge Incontinence

...the condition
“...It is considered an important condition to treat, because it can lead to social isolation, low self-esteem, depression and dependence...”

Vitamin B1 Requirement

...the condition
“...Signs and Symptoms: Elderly people are at risk of thiamin deficiency and this may lead to reduced mental functioning, depression, weakness, suppressed immunity and gastrointestinal problems...”

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

...as a treatment
“...It is helpful in treating anxiety and possibly depression...”

Vitamin B3 Requirement

...the condition
“...These symptoms include weakness and general fatigue, anorexia, indigestion, skin eruptions, depression and loss of memory...”

Vitamin B6 Requirement

...the condition
“...is a medication that is used to treat hypertension and has been linked to a few cases of peripheral neuritis which is associated with pyridoxine deficiency; Phenelzine is a drug used to treat depression and some people taking it have been found to experience pronounced edema especially in the legs; Succinic acid 2,2-Dimethylhydrazide is another chemical used in the U...”

Vitamin B-Complex Requirement

...the condition
“...B-Complex vitamins are coenzymes involved in energy production, and may be useful in alleviating depression or anxiety...”

Vitamin Pantothenic Acid Requirement

...the condition
“...Experimentally-induced human vitamin B5 deficiency has caused insomnia, leg cramps, paresthesias of the hands and feet, mental depression, decreased antibody formation, easy fatigue, gastrointestinal disturbance, and upper respiratory infections...”

Vitex / Chasteberry

...as a treatment
“...Vitex and PMS Clinical studies using vitex extract show a reduction in headaches, breast tenderness, bloating, fatigue, cravings for sweets, and also feelings of anxiety, irritability, depression and mood swings, after only one month...”

Weakened Immune System

...the condition
“...Cut down worry and learn to de-stress, there are studies that prove that stress and depression effect the body physically and can even weaken the immune system...”

Weight Loss

...as a treatment
“...Many people suffer from depression when they're overweight or dieting...”

Wernicke-Korsakoff

...related topic
“...Symptoms include anemia, anxiety, depression, and confusion...”

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

...the condition
“...Symptoms include anemia, anxiety, depression, and confusion...”

Yeast / Candida Infection

...the condition
“...Emotional and Mental ... Depression...”

Yo-yo Dieting Consequences

...the condition
“...As the diet continues, however, depression, fatigue and other negative effects set in, making the diet impossible to sustain for most people...”
...relationship to Depression
“Prolonged excessive calorie restriction can lead to depression and fatigue...”

Zinc

...as a treatment
“...The reason for this protracted introduction is that zinc treatment, in the presence of zinc deficiency, may initially induce a feeling of fatigue or depression: a slow introduction reduces this possibility...”

Zinc Requirement

...the condition
“...Symptoms of deficiency include ... depression...”
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